Focus areas: Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and nutrition

Glenn Denning joined SIPA in 2009 as founding Director of the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP), a joint undertaking of SIPA with Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He teaches a core course on Global Food Systems. From 2011 to 2014, Denning served as Director of the Earth Institute’s Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development. In May 2014, Denning was appointed Director of the New York Office of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem-solving at local, national, and global scales.

Denning joined the Earth Institute in 2004 as Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director of the Tropical Agriculture and Environment Program. He helped establish The MDG Centre, East and Southern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, and served as its director for five years. With more than 30 years of experience in international agricultural research and development, Denning provided leadership to the MDG Centre's agenda in agriculture and rural development and its support to the African Green Revolution.

From 2004 to 2006, Denning served on the UN Millennium Project Hunger Task Force. He is currently a member of the Senior Steering Group of the UN High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP). Denning also serves on the board of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute).

Denning previously held senior management positions in the International Rice Research Institute and the World Agroforestry Centre. In 2000, he was honored by the Government of Cambodia as Commander of the Royal Order of Sahametrei for his role in establishing the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute and his contributions to increasing national rice production. In 2014, Denning received the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Research Publications

Haggblade, S., D. Boughton, Khin Mar Cho, G. Denning, et al (2014) Strategic choices shaping agricultural performance and food security in Myanmar. Journal of International Affairs 67 (2): 55-71.

Denning, G., Kye Baroang, Tun Min Sandar et al (2013) Rice productivity improvement in Myanmar. Background Paper No. 2. Paper prepared for USAID/Burma under contract GDG-A-02-000921-0 with Michigan State University (MSU) as background for the “Strategic Agricultural Sector and Food Security Diagnostic for Myanmar.”

Sachs, J.D. et al. (2012) Effective monitoring of agriculture: a response. J. Environ. Monit., 14: 738-742.

Nziguheba, G., C. Palm, T. Berhe, G. Denning, et al (2010) The African Green Revolution: Results from the Millennium Villages Project. Advances in Agronomy 109: 75-115.

Gajigo, O and G. Denning (2010) Rice in Africa: will imports continue to grow?  Chapter 9 (pp 163-187) in “The Rice Crisis: Markets, Policies and Food Security.” (Ed. by David Dawe)  Earthscan.

Sachs, J.D. et. al. (2010) Monitoring the World’s Agriculture. Nature 466: 558-560.

Denning, G., P. Kabambe, P. Sanchez, A. Malik, R. Flor, et al. (2009) Input subsidies to improve smallholder   maize productivity in Malawi: Toward an African Green Revolution. PLoS Biol 7(1): e1000023. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000023

Sanchez, P., G. Denning, G. Nziguheba (2009) The African Green Revolution moves forward.  Food Security 1, 37–44 (Jan 2009).

Negin, J. & G. Denning (2008) Shared challenges and solutions: Australia’s unique contribution to the future of African development.  Policy Brief December 2008.  Lowy Institute for International Policy.  Sydney, Australia.  22 p.

Sanchez, P., C. Palm, J. Sachs, G. Denning, R. Flor, R. Harawa et al. (2007) The African Millennium Villages.  PNAS 104 (43): 16775-16780.